Jabs For The Boys: let's beat HPV
Human papillomavirus (HPV) causes cancer and other serious diseases in both sexes.
Girls in the UK are vaccinated. Boys are not.
What is HPV?
HPV is usually passed on through sexual or skin-to-skin contact. It causes 5% of all cancers in men and women as well as other diseases.
But isn't there an HPV vaccine?
Since 2008, all girls in the UK have been offered the vaccine by the NHS with the result that, today, the vast majority of girls are vaccinated.
But boys are not.
So why aren't boys vaccinated?
When HPV vaccination began in the UK in 2008, there was less evidence about the cancers the virus could cause in men. And some people also think that, by vaccinating girls, boys are also protected.
So what’s the problem?
We now know for sure that HPV causes many cases of cancer in men and also genital warts. Also, vaccinating girls does not in fact protect all boys and men.
That’s why boys and men should consider HPV vaccination too.